It's a pretty simple theory, healthy soil has earthworms. Worms love organic matter, and as they work their way through the soil, they work like little rotor tillers!
If you have earthworms, you will see them surfacing during rainy weather. If you want more earthworms in your garden, it's time to make a compost pile! (no? add more peat moss, or other commercial soil treatment, for additional organic material, without the whole compost experience)
All it takes to make a compost pile, if you have them, is grass clippings, leaves, and kitchen scraps; the earthworm attracting organic matter worms love. Coffee grounds and eggs shells, tea bags and bits of vegetables work great too. You'll be surprised how quickly it all breaks down.
There are many different types of receptacles you can use and adapt for a compost bin, but a open air compost pile in a out-of-the-way spot works best.
Root vegetables, like carrots and beets, benefit from earthworms working the garden soil, and plants like parsley and lettuce like room for roots to grow too. When the soil is rich with organic matter, the roots can grow vigorous more easily and support a healthier plant.
If you have worms already, but want some big fat worms for fishing or the amusement of children; consider an old tire re-purposed as a worm bed. As a micro ecosystem, this small earthworm habitat will draw in worms and keep the project to a minimum of space used.
- Coffee grounds
- Egg shells
- Lettuce scraps
- Carrot tops
- seeds from gourds
- Beet scraps
- Banana peels
- Potato skins
- Corn husks and cobs
- old bread